Creativity, Collaboration and Community
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild.
A strong architectural form that cuts into the landscape and invites the visitor to explore and engage with the natural environment. An intersection between nature and the manmade acting as a marker/memory to celebrate the ten years of the park where creatives have come on site and collaborated with the local community.
Kevin O’Dwyer is an internationally recognised metalsmith, sculptor and photographer. It was his interest in early Irish metalwork and archaeology that led him, circuitously, into metalsmithing. His artwork is in public and private collections including The Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), The High Museum (USA), The National Museum of Ireland, The Ulster Museum (NI) University College Dublin, Kamm Teapot Foundation (USA), Sculpture in the Parklands and Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild and The Racine Museum of Art (USA). O’Dwyer was artist-in-residence at the 2008 World Congress of Archaeology and represented Ireland at the 2022 Helsinki Design Week “Design Diplomacy” programme.
O’Dwyer has been a strong advocate of collaboration and community development using artistic practice as a medium to engage and celebrate in our rich environmental, and industrial heritage. He continues his studio practice, making both small and large works of art, as well as collaborating on community driven projects.
O’Dwyer has worked on a variety of art and heritage projects in such roles as artistic director, project manager, and photographer. Most notable as the co- founder and artistic director of Sculpture in the Parklands (Lough Boora Discovery Park) and Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild (USA). O’Dwyer was the recipient of the 2019 Lewis and Clark Historic Preservation Award (USA). In 2020 O’Dwyer received the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award for his role in the development of the 26-acre sculpture park in Lincoln, Montana.